This is brave, bright poetry distilled and pure.
Most readers will find The Significance of Moths to exist in that rare intersection of sophistication and accessibility that so many poetry collections cannot sustain.
At once laconic and rich, her verse is a testament to the power of economy in language.
Disturbing but delightful, Camia’s sharp, stark poems unfold crumpled childhood memories and meditate on the beauty of their horror.
Contemplative and affecting, The Significance of Moths burrows itself into the consciousness as an earworm would.
Camia masterfully employs a minimalist poetic style—strings of short, abrupt thoughts are packed with expressive, meaningful imagery.
Shirley Camia is a Filipina-Canadian poet.
She is the author of three collections of poetry: Children Shouldn’t Use Knives (At Bay Press, 2017), The Significance of Moths (Turnstone Press, 2015) and Calliope (Libros Libertad, 2011).
SHIRLEY ON LITERARY LANDSCAPE IN OTTAWA
February 15, 2018 – Catch Shirley tonight on Literary Landscape – CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa – as she discusses Children Shouldn’t Use Knives with host Pearl Pirie.